Knife-wielding man Tasered, shot

January 19, 2008|By Gina Davis and Arin Gencer | Gina Davis and Arin Gencer,SUN REPORTERS

Two Baltimore County police officers shot a knife-wielding man - one with a handgun and the other with a Taser - after they were called yesterday to a Dundalk house to investigate a quarrel between the man and two women, police said.

David Abrams, 28, was shot after he refused to drop a knife and lunged at the officers at the home he shared with his mother and godmother in the 8100 block of Dundalk Ave., spokesman Bill Toohey said. The incident occurred about 2:20 p.m.

Toohey said he believed it was the first time that county police had shot and Tasered a person in the same incident.

Abrams was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he underwent surgery late yesterday.

Police said he had been arguing with the two women, stabbing his godmother, Carmen Julia Lebron, 63, on the chin. She was taken to Bayview for treatment.

Lebron and the suspect's mother, Lynn Abrams, 54, ran from the house to a neighbor's, Toohey said.

The neighbor, Robin Rohlfing, said she was in her dining room when she heard "a blood-curdling scream."

"`Please help me! he's trying to kill me!'" Rohlfing recalled Lynn Abrams saying. A few minutes later, Lebron, bleeding from her mouth and ear, also ran from the house screaming "He's going to kill me!"

When police arrived, Rohlfing said, they banged on the front door and identified themselves. Soon after they entered the house, she said, she heard one gunshot.

Rohlfing, who has lived in the neighborhood for about 40 years, said the mother and son had lived in their house for a couple of years and were "great neighbors."

Toohey could not say whether David Abrams' injuries were life-threatening.

gina.davis@baltimoresun.com arin.gencer@baltimoresun.com

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